Dancing may not always be seen as a sport but it is in fact one of the most fun ways to get fit and has many health benefits. Whether you are dancing round your room, dancing in a studio or partaking in a Zumba class you can reap in the benefits.

What are the physical benefits?

Dancing is a great from of cardio exercise, if you dislike running, biking or other heart-pumping exercise then dancing could be for you. Dancing is not only fun it also has a wide range of health benefits. As it is a type of aerobic exercise it provides cardiovascular conditioning which can lower you risk of coronary heart disease, blood pressure problems and aid in helping to maintain a healthy weight. Dancing can also help to reduce stress and fatigue, improve your energy and mood and help you to gain confidence and self-esteem.

When you dance you improve your muscle tone especially if you join a Ballet class you can build excellent core strength and improve your posture. In addition, your balance and coordination can get better and as there are so many types of dance styles it is best to start with a beginner level class and then progress in time to a more advanced class. This will help to minimise the risk of injury and will also provide you with a more enjoyable experience.

Dancing is also a great way to burn calories, for more rhythmic dance styles such as ballroom a person weighing 11st can burn more than 130 calories in 30minutes. More intense styles of dance such as hip-hop see the number of calories double to around 250 calories in 30minutes which is the same amount you would burn jogging.

What are the mental benefits?

In addition to physical benefits dancing can also help with mental health. It is common knowledge that physical activity triggers endorphins but dancing to music is a big mood booster especially if you pick songs you love. It has been proven that Ballroom dance lessons can help improve the mood among people suffering with depression. Dancing can also help you escape to your own little happy place and it is even a form of therapy which started many years ago.

Dancing is so much fun and has many physical and mental benefits so why not try it out even if it’s just in your bedroom?